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NFL, Olympic and reality TV stars among license plate judges

An Olympic gold medalist, NFL star, and former contestants on Top Chef and Ninja Warrior TV shows are part of a distinguished judging panel charged with selecting semi-finalists for the DMV Take Action Against Distraction License Plate Design Contest.

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A place to belong: New cultural centers are gateways for campus inclusion

A frame with the words “Mahal Kita” hangs on the wall of 140 Squires Student Center. Jaclyn Marmol sees it most every day. The words, which mean “I love you” in Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines, and the room in which they hang have a special meaning to her.


Two Virginia Tech online graduate programs among top in nation

Two Virginia Tech online graduate education programs are among the top in the country. The university’s online master’s degree in information technology is the nation’s second best. U.S News also ranked Virginia Tech’s online graduate engineering program at No. 20.

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VCU poll: Almost half of Virginians want Confederate monuments left in place

Virginians are split over what course of action to take with Confederate monuments, according to a new poll by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at VCU.


Public may propose plants for list of harmful Virginia weeds

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has developed a method that can be used by the public to nominate weed species for adding to Virginia’s Noxious Weeds list.

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McAuliffe announces 900 jobs created from VirginiaSAVES program

The VirginiaSAVES Green Communities Program has created more than 900 jobs during Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration, generating more than $70 million in energy savings across the Commonwealth.

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Craig R. Stevens joins Battlefields Foundation staff

Craig R. Stevens has joined the staff of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation as the new Director of Development and Government Relations.

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Culpeper District Traffic Alerts: Jan. 8-12

The following highway work is scheduled, weather permitting, in the Culpeper District during the upcoming week. Traffic movements may be restricted and speed limits reduced in work zones. 

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Chesapeake Bay Program releases annual Bay Barometer

The Chesapeake Bay Program released its annual report on environmental health and restoration in the Chesapeake Bay watershed at an event at the Annapolis Maritime Museum this week.

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Scientists watch the CLOCK gene for potential epilepsy connections

A new discovery by scientists has determined that the loss of a gene best known for its role in establishing circadian rhythms can lead to a particular type of epileptic seizures, called focal cortical epilepsy.  

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Prevent backyard chickens from spreading disease

More consumers are keeping chickens in their own backyards, but the desire for fresh eggs can come with some risks.

Cattlemen take extra precautions when weather is frigid

January’s weather can be frightful; and for Virginia cattlemen, frigid temperatures call for extra precautions for their livestock.


Virginia Tech earns Best College Value ranking from Kiplinger

Virginia Tech has once again earned recognition from Kiplinger as one of the nation’s best higher education values. In its Best College Values for 2018 report, Kiplinger ranked Virginia Tech No. 160 nationally among all universities and No. 28 among public institutions. 


Harsh cold, biting winds to threaten Midwest, Northeast into the weekend

AccuWeather reports despite already experiencing some of their coldest weather in recent years, residents of the Midwest and Northeast will need to brace for another round of arctic air by Friday.

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Lynchburg District Weekly Traffic Alert: Jan. 8-12

Highway work in the Lynchburg District requiring road/lane/structure closures is scheduled, weather permitting. 

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Group releases list of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts

The Virginia Association of Museums announced Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts for 2017, highlighting unique artifacts from across the state and spanning Virginia’s extensive history from the 1700s to 20th century.


Virginia continues to monitor, respond to winter storm

A winter storm warning is still active for east central, eastern, south central, and southeast portions of Virginia until 1 p.m. In addition, a blizzard warning has been issued for Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach until 1 p.m. 


AAA: Tips for driving in snow, ice

AAA urges drivers to slow down, be cautious and maintain their vehicles to prevent being stranded or involved in a winter driving incident. 


AAA: 61K calls and counting, with snow, more cold, on the way

More than 61,000 AAA Mid-Atlantic members across the auto club’s five-state and Washington, D.C. region called AAA Mid-Atlantic for emergency roadside service over the 10-day year-end holiday travel period.


FEMA urges preparedness ahead of major winter storm

Winter weather is already affecting some parts of the nation, but as an intense winter storm forms off the eastern coast, residents are encouraged to take the storm seriously, and to act now to prepare homes and families for potential impacts.


McAuliffe declares state of emergency ahead of impending winter storm

Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency at 2:20 p.m. today authorizing state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the significant winter storm that is expected to impact the Commonwealth over the next 24-48 hours.

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VDOT: Snow, high winds to affect travel in Virginia

Motorists in eastern and central Virginia should plan for slick road conditions and poor visibility as snow and high winds are expected to move into those regions beginning this evening.

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Virginia Organizing names Brian Johns new executive director

Virginia Organizing has named Brian Johns as its new executive director. Johns took on the new job effective Jan. 1, replacing Joe Szakos, who had led the organization since 1995.

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Virginia Tech alum Hoda Kotb named co-anchor of Today

Virginia Tech alum Hoda Kotb has been named co-anchor of Today, the flagship NBC morning news show.


Winter storm to bring snow, ice to OBX, Norfolk

AccuWeather reports a rapidly developing storm will spread a swath of snow, ice and slippery travel along the southeastern coast of the United States during Wednesday and Wednesday night.